COINS & TOKENS
English Milled Coins
 

English milled coins would cover the period c.1663 to the present (plus sundry earlier pressings such as Oliver Cromwell). 

These include gold coins such as Guineas and Sovereigns, silver including Crowns and Shillings etc, and copper and bronze Pennies, Halfpennies and Farthings.

Condition is the most important aspect relating to a coin’s potential value.  The condition is also known as the ‘grade’ of preservation.  The grade of a coin can never be improved by cleaning so remember: Never clean coins if you think they might be of value to a collector.

William IV proof crown 1834 sold at Suffolk auction house Lockdales
William IV Proof Crown 1834 nFDC

Hammer £15,750

Auction #77, Lot 186

George III gold spade Guinea 1787 sold by Lockdales auction house in Suffolk
George III gold Spade Guinea 1787 aEF

Hammer £1,250

Auction #148, Lot 2199

Queen Victoria shield-back gold Sovereign sold by Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales
Queen Victoria shield-back gold Sovereign 1842 aUNC

Hammer £1,250

Auction #154, Lot 1412

Two Pence 1983 “NEW PENCE” error, sold by Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales
Two Pence 1983 “NEW PENCE” error, VF

Hammer £1,250

Auction #148, Lot 2199

 
English Cased & Proof Sets

This would primarily be coins and sets from the Royal Mint.  The secondary market for Royal Mint commemorative coins and proof sets has greatly improved over recent years, especially for the most recent ‘black cased’ sets. 

 

Some of the recent commemorative circulating issues have also become sought-after, causing several of the Brilliant Uncirculated sets to increase in price.

We also welcome the submission of Westminster, Pobjoy and other commemorative mint sets and collections for auction, or cash purchase appraisal

George VI Coronation Gold Proof Set 1937, sold by Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales
George VI Coronation Gold Proof Set 1937 aFDC

Hammer £8,800

Auction #148, Lot 2213

500th Anniversary of the First Gold Sovereign sold by Suffolk auction house Lockdales
500th Anniversary of the First Gold Sovereign 1489-1989 Gold Proof Sovereign Collection FDC

Hammer £3,400

Auction #164, Lot 1357

George V Coronation gold and silver Proof set sold at Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales
George V Coronation gold and silver Proof Set 1911
FDC

Hammer £9,200

Auction #164, Lot 1371

Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 Royal Mint Two Pounds sold by Lockdales auction house in Suffolk
Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 Royal Mint Two Pounds silver proof four-coin set FDC

Hammer £310

Auction #150, Lot 1987

World Milled

From historic world coins to modern currency, we are equipped to deal with the research and valuation of coins from anywhere in the world, any time period. 

Especially popular are the coins of Spanish America, and the Dutch trading ports, salvaged from shipwrecked treasure hoards.  Famous figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte can be found on the coins of France. 

 

British Imperial coins of India and the Far East are keenly collected in their respective independent countries.  American, Chinese and Russian coins are perhaps the strongest performing of all.

USA Draped Bust Silver Dollar 1795 sold by Suffolk auction house Lockdales
USA Draped Bust Silver Dollar 1795, type Bolender 14, Bowers/Borckardt 51, cabinet toned AU

Hammer £23,500

Auction #143, Lot 1442

Australia gold proof Sovereign 1880 sold by Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales
Australia gold proof Sovereign 1880-S, Sydney Mint, ex. H.C. Dangar Collection, aFDC

Hammer £33,500

Auction #127, Lot 1953

German State Hamburg gold 10 Ducats 1675 sold in Lockdales auction house in Suffolk
German State Hamburg gold 10 Ducats 1675 EF

Hammer £12,000

Auction #106, Lot 1933

USA Post-Colonial era, New Jersey copper sold in Suffolk auction
USA Post-Colonial era, New Jersey copper piece 1786 GF

Hammer £4,200

Auction #138, Lot 2138

 
World Cased & Proof Sets

Commemorative and proof coins and sets have been issued by many countries around the world, and our own Royal Mint has received countless commissions from the Commonwealth and other nations. 

 

We are always in the market to purchase or accept consignments of world commemorative coins, especially the gold and silver Panda coins of China

 
Sarawak, Rajah C. Brooke Proof Set 1870 sold in an auction in Suffolk
Sarawak, Rajah C. Brooke Proof Set 1870 (incomplete) nFDC

Hammer £5200

Auction #100, Lot 1586

Republic of India Proof Set 1950 aFDC sold in Suffolk auction
Republic of India Proof Set 1950 aFDC, in original presentation card.

Hammer £700

Auction #154, Lot 1678

First Coinage of Canadian Mint, Ottawa, sold at Suffolk auctioneers Lockdales
First Coinage of Canadian Mint, Ottawa, specimen set 1908 nFDC

Hammer £1,600

Auction #140, Lot 2034

People’s Republic of China, set of six ounce silver Pandas, sold in Lockdales Suffolk auction house
People’s Republic of China, set of six half ounce silver Pandas BU

Hammer £140

Auction #138, Lot 2079

Ancient / Roman

Ancient Greek and Roman coins have been collected for centuries.  We devote a special section of our auction to coins of this period, richly illustrated to highlight the intricate designs of Gods and Goddesses, monuments and fantastic beasts.

Roman Imperial, Romano-British, and Iron-Age British ‘Celtic’ coins are often found in our local area, all being peoples who have thrived at various times in East Anglia.

 

Coins released to the finder and landowner by the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme will find an excellent outlet through our auction.

 
Iron Age British “Celtic” gold stater of Dubnovellaunus of the Trinovantes
c.80 B.C. to 20 A.D. EF

Hammer £3,200

Auction #152, Lot 1881

Gold aureus of the Emperor Nero, Rome Mint 65-66 A.D. EF

Hammer £3,000

Auction #127, Lot 1407

Carausius ‘dynastic propaganda’ triple-portrait ant of Colchester Mint by coins auctions specialist Lockdales
Carausius ‘dynastic propaganda’ triple-portrait billon ant of the Colchester Mint 292-293 A.D. VF

Hammer £7,000

Auction #152, Lot 1903

Gold aureus of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, Rome, sold by Roman coin specialist auction house Lockdales
Gold aureus of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, Rome Mint 157-158 A.D. VF

Hammer £1,500

Auction #143, Lot 1455

Hammered Coins

The medieval hammered coins of England and Europe were produced by hand-striking thin metal blanks of gold and silver between punched and engraved iron dies.

 

There is a near endless depth of historic value and importance to the numismatic record of this period, from the end of the Roman Empire, up to the early modern age and the transition to machine-pressed coinage.

We are based north of Ipswich, considered perhaps the first settlement of the Angles in Britain, and one of the heartlands of early English archaeology and metal-detecting.  Coins released to the finder and landowner by the British Museum Portable Antiquities Scheme will find an excellent outlet through our auction.

 
Hammered Coin Gold Angel of Edward IV or V sold by Lockdales Suffolk auction house
Gold Angel of Edward IV or V, mintmark Halved Sun & Rose (possibly of Edward V, the Prince in the Tower) nVF light damage.

Hammer £21,500

Auction #89, Lot 1021

Hammered coin Charles I, English Civil War, Siege of Newark, sold by Suffolk auction house Lockdales
Charles I, English Civil War, Siege of Newark Shilling 1645 GVF

Hammer £2,800

Auction #133, Lot 1269

Anglo-Saxon silver penny of Harold II, PAX type, Lincoln Mint, moneyer Almer, EF

Hammer £5,100

Auction #117, Lot 1348

Frisian or Anglo-Saxon gold solidus c.830-850, imitating Carolingian designs.

Hammer £16,500

Auction #70, Lot 810

Tokens & Exonumia

The 17th, 18th, and 19th Century tokens of Britain tell the story of our industrial, commercial and social history.  Issued during shortages of official coinage, there are thousands of varieties, many of which very scarce.

British Commemorative Medallions come under the classification of Exonumia: Extra-numismatic, coin-like objects.  Commemorating events throughout history, these have been produced as collector’s items and presentation pieces for hundreds of years.

We dedicate a special section of our bi-monthly auctions to Tokens and Exonumia.

 
Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee 1887, Royal Mint gold medallion sold by Suffolk auction house Lockdales

Hammer £3,300

Auction #141, Lot 1651

Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee 1887, Royal Mint gold medallion by J.E. Boehm, EF
Australian transportation convict token sold by Lockdales auction house in Suffolk

Hammer £700

Auction #124, Lot 1310

Australian transportation ‘convict token’ engraved by Frederick Morgan 1825
Charles I, English Civil War, Royalist badge by Rawlins EF

Hammer £1,400

Auction #152, Lot 2270

Halfpenny token of Robert Saul 1669, landlord of the Red Lion pub in Lavenham, Suffolk, VF

Hammer £300

Auction #154, Lot 1303